Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr. Joseph Whittal has called upon the government to empower and strengthen the office of the Special Prosecutor to enable it effectively execute its mandate.
Mr. Whittal stated that, there is inadequate staffs and a proper office set up for the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu, to enable him perform his functions effectively as a Special Prosecutor of the country.
“There is very limited member of staffs at the office of the Special Prosecutor. I’m not sure his staff members will be more than five or ten; you can ask him yourself. We should forget the grand standing and ensure that the job is done. Put up a good office for the man, ensure that the right people are put in place to support him.” He told Francis Abban on Morning Starr on Starr FM.
However, he added that, there has been so much pressure on the Special Prosecutor while he is not to be blamed for the unproductive result of his job.
“All I am saying is that the office of the Special Prosecutor is not empowered enough. How can we get results when the office has just a handful of staff? How can he perform his functions effectively? I don’t even know if they have a budget.” He said.
He also called for CHRAJ to be given prosecutorial powers in order to properly deliver on their mandate.
“There is some misconception among Ghanaians. CHRAJ works under statutes, CHRAJ performs investigative functions but cannot prosecute. I don’t think it will be out of place if CHRAJ is given prosecutorial powers. CHRAJ however has a broad mandate apart from the fight against corruption. If there is an office of the Special Prosecutor today then CHRAJ has to be commended”.
The Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu after several hours of being grilled at his vetting was given an overwhelming endorsement by Parliament and was sworn into office by President Akufo Addo in March this year.
BY: Elikem Prince Akoenyen